I remember when I was doing rent and I was too thin, and I was doing that on purpose because I’m dying, I’m a HIV+ drug addict. I remember having to eat raw food and doing all this work to make sure I could stay thin… And I remember everyone asking me when I was doing press for the movie, “what did you do to get so thin? You looked great!” and I’m like, “I looked emaciated.”
It’s a form of violence in the way that we look at women and how we expect them to look and be, for… what’s sake? Not health, not survival, not enjoyment of life, but just so that you can look ‘pretty’.
I’m constantly telling girls all the time, “everything’s airbrushed, everything’s retouched, to the point of just that it’s never even asked, and none of us look like that.”
Fast Food Fracas of the Day: A video uploaded to the Internet last week by 22-year-old McDonald’s employee Vernon Hackett appears to show 22-year-old Chrissy Lee Polis being brutally assaulted by two other patrons at a Rosedale (Maryland) location, while other customers stand by and watch. At the end of the video, Hackett can be heard warning the attackers — two unidentified girls aged 14 and 18 — to leave the scene “before the police come,” as Polis is seen on the floor undergoing an apparent seizure.
McDonald’s promptly issued a statement saying the company was “shocked” by the video, calling the incident “unacceptable, disturbing and troubling.” “Nothing is more important than the safety of our customers and employees in our restaurants,” the statement continues. “We are working with the franchisee and the local authorities to investigate this matter.” Hackett has since been fired from his job, and unspecified charges have been brought against both female participants.
Equality Maryland is reportedly seeking to have “hate crime” tacked on to the attackers’ list of charges, as the victim is a transgender woman. “There’s no excuse for that violence under any circumstances, but we would encourage police to investigate as a hate crime,” Equality Maryland vice president Lisa Polyak told the Baltimore Sun.
Polis — who has had her share of run-ins with the law, having been previously convicted of disorderly conduct, property destruction, and prostitution — spoke out today for the first time (see video below), saying the assault, which was reportedly catalyzed by Polis’s refusal to leave the women’s restroom, was “definitely a hate crime,” and that her race may have played a factor as well.
The state’s attorney for Baltimore County, Scott Shellenberger, said the case was still under review, and that the motive for the attack may be revisited to determine “if we need to make additional charges.”
Anonymous asked: http://www.change.org/petitions/demand-that-the-employees-on-duty-at-mcdonalds-be-held-responsible-in-the-beating-of-a-trans-woman
I though you should see this.
YES, thank you! I meant to post this and then completely forgot.
After an unidentified trans woman tried to use the bathroom at a Baltimore McDonald’s, two patrons started attacking her in full view of other customers and employees.These employees can be heard on the video shouting words of encouragement to the attackers. Its time we DEMAND that justice be served and that EVERY McDonald’s employee on duty at this time, be terminated AND charged with accessory to a Hate Crime (at the very least).
Sign the petition here. (Trigger warning for video accompanying petition. Absolutely awful.)